Oklahoma tornado relief effort as it happened

Key points

  • A massive tornado ripped through Oklahoma City's suburbs on Monday, flattening neighbourhoods with winds of up to 200mph
  • Officials say at least 24 people died, nine of them children - an elementary school with no safe room was among the worst-hit buildings
  • President Obama declared the incident a major disaster, saying the full scale of human and economic loss would not be known for some time
  • Three local hospitals treated some 237 people, including nearly 70 children - most of whom were discharged by Tuesday afternoon
  • Thunderstorms slowed Tuesday's rescue effort, but 100 people were pulled from the debris alive, officials say
  • All times BST (Eastern Daily Time +5)

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Last updated 21 May 2013

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